Baking on a small wood heating stove?
I have been thinking lately that it's a shame to turn on the oven for baking when the woodstove is already hot. I just realized that it's possible to get an "oven" to go on top of the woodstove. I have a small woodstove (Vermont Castings Resolute, c. 1985) and the stovepipe is installed vertically from the back. There is a griddle-shaped cooktop, but the total flat surface area is only 10" deep by 14" wide.
I like the look of St. Paul Mercantile's butterfly oven, but it is 13" square so would not fit flush (there is a handle on the front of the griddle top that sticks up a bit, unfortunately.) Even the Coleman oven is 12" square. I suppose I could have one made, but that's a little beyond me right now, though I'm open to the possibility
Have others had success baking on the top of your heating woodstove?
I already have a 9-quart dutch oven that may fit on the top of my stove (as well as a 6-quart one). Can I use that for stovetop baking?
I don't want or need a larger woodstove for heating my home, and although I have friends who have installed wood cookstoves in their kitchen in addition to a home-heating woodstove and a conventional stove, I don't have the space or the budget to do that. We would have to install an exterior chimney, and we just did that for our heating stove and it cost about $3500 not including the stove. I figure there must be some way to "make do" with the woodstove I have. I would love to hear others' ideas and experiences with this sort of thing.